From Benjamin Ring
State of Penilvania Dalewer County
Birmingham township Near Chads ford on Brandewine
hed quarters the March the 8d 1801
Most Noble Jefferson at the heering of thy Being Appoynted President was Caus of greate goy to Mee wich I inwardly felt I Love a tru & faithfull American who is tru to his Cuntry. Not Valuing his privite intrust Eaquel to that of his Cuntrys prosperytyes & groeath I thaught it Must be Caus of greate Cunfort & greate goy to Say I hath bee faithfull & Just in that trust Reposed in Mee at the Close I May inform thee at thy being Appoynted President is Caus of greate goy in oure part of the Cuntry for their is greate Confidence Reposed in thee wich I hath No Doubt will be Answarred According to Exspektatishon From thy Assured Friend Unknown but yet Real
NB I Wish to be Remembrred to our tru Freind Curnell Bur A tru Ameraken in whome their is No gile From—
I wish to be Excused for my freedom.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “For Thomas Jefferson President”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.